When we lived in New England many years ago, it was an annual fall tradition to head to a local apple orchard to buy fresh apples. Nothing tasted better! However, I had never tasted apple cider doughnuts until a visit to New Hampshire a few years ago. Mark, our brother in law, took us to an orchard and bought a dozen of these tangy, sweet, sugary treats. Although I generally stay away from doughnuts, I have to admit, these had me hooked!
Recently, we traveled from Arizona back to New Hampshire for a family visit, and one chilly morning, we headed to Applecrest Farm Orchards
in Hampton, NH in search of apples and of course, cider doughnuts. Applecrest is the oldest continuously-operated apple orchard in America.
Cider Doughnut History
According to a New York Times article
, the Doughnut Corporation of America (DCA) introduced the Sweet Cider Doughnut in its twenty-third annual campaign in the fall of 1951 in an effort to increase the sale of doughnuts. According to the article, the doughnuts were expected to have a natural fall appeal
To this day, that phrase, "natural fall appeal" still works - at least it does for me - because even though the anticipation of picking crisp apples in an orchard are the memories of my New England childhood, the aroma and taste of baked apple cider doughnuts has found a place in my more recent memories of fall traditions in New England.
Apple Cider Doughnut Recipes
If you can't make it to an apple orchard, you can still capture that "natural fall appeal" by baking your own apple cider doughnuts.There numerous recipes online, but this one from Yankee Magazine
for Vermont Apple Cider Doughnuts
makes about 18 of these delicious treats.
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